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controversies. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel has not been nominated as defense secretary, but members of his own party already signaling an uphill confirmation battle if he is. barbara star has more on in surprising backlash. good morning to you. i think a lot of people thought after susan rice's nomination for secretary of state went away and everybody thought, okay, here's john kerry. he's going to sail through the confirmation process. so is chuck hagel. i think a lot of people were surprised by this news. what happened? >> well, you know, in the classic washington case, people are asking the question, was hagel a trial balloon being floated that's already getting holes poked in it. not nominated yet, but all the chatter had been he was the front runner to be president obama's choice as secretary of defense. no announcement. the silence is deafening from the white house. but the opposition already mounting. a lot of criticism coming from both republicans and democrats about some of hagel's positions while he served in the senate. i have to tell you over the last severa
out. that's when the secretary of defense found out. they ordered a broader investigation. it came to the president's attention. it is a very rare thing for the president to call over to the pentagon and have to say, what is going on? >> and i'm curious about that. how did that even get on the president's desk? how did he get involved in a day care situation on a military base? >> this is mid-december and this is when the country's focus was on child safety after the massacre and the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. the secretary of defense leon panetta finds out about all this because finally army leaders know the facts and are able to tell him. e he take s it to the president. but it's between late september and mid-december that they keep investigating the other workers here and find those background check problems and they are not dismissed from their jobs between september and mid-december. this goes on and on and on. all of this now the subject of a complete army investigation. >> barbara starr, we're glad you're looking into it. you can watch barbara's entire report tonight
criminal defense attorney and law professor who joins us from las vegas. hello, happy holidays to both of you. >> same to you, marty. all the best. >> you, too. >> let's talk first jerry sandusky. a few things to bring up here. as we all remember, he was the penn state assistant football coach convicted in june on 45 counts of child sex abuse. he's now serving 30 to 60 years in prison. jerry sandusky says that he has now focused or he is focused on his appeal. he's got a hearing that i believe is set for january 10th on his pretrial motions. guys, there's a newspaper in northeastern pennsylvania that says sandusky sent a handwritten note saying he is trying to endure, and there was a lot more to it than that, but i'll leave it at that, and learn from his circumstances but had this to say about his trial -- nobody who covered the case or reported it had the time or took the time study the allegations, the accusere accuserers, the inconsistent, and the method. justice and fairness were not a focus. avery, i'll begin with you. do you think he might have a point that this was such a heinou
home to go to sleep in his own bed. >> accused gunman george zimmerman claimed self-defense in a case that sparked international outrage, and ignited racial tensions. the trial is set for june. number two -- >> we need rescue inside the auditorium, multiple victims. >> i've got seven down in theater nine, seven down. >> july 20th, just past midnight, terror inside theater nine. >> aurora, colorado, nine miles east of denver, there's been a mass shooting at a movie theater. >> prosecutors say james holmes donned protective gear, threw tear gas and began firing. in the end, 12 people killed, 58 others wounded. holmes faces 152 charges. many victims continue to recover while others will never recover the loss they suffered that night. and number one. >> unimaginable horror grips the nation in one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> this is unspeakable what happened in this town. >> innocent children shot dead in their classrooms, the victims, 16 6-year-olds, four 7-year-olds along with six adults. >> emily's laughter was infectious a
to succeed the defense secretary. you have former republican senator chuck hagel being talked about as a possible replacement as defense secretary, but i understand there's a lot of complications here and even controversy. can you tells what's happening in terms of background discussions of chuck hagel taking that job. >> you know, his name has been out there for a few weeks now as the sort of so-called front-runner. maybe it's a bit of an administration trial balloon at this point. we don't know. officially the white house hasn't made a decision on who at the present times to be the next secretary of defense, but they have let hagel's name be out there. that gave time for the opposition to reform. republicans and even democrats on capitol hill, his former allies coming out and being concerned about some of his positions that he took as a u.s. senator. alleging that he was not strong enough on countering iran, did not strovote for iran sanctions especially critical of his stance on israel. that he was perhaps not as supportive of israel as he should have been. chuck hagel is a prese
to the bad guy and firearms gives you a standoff defensive capability and most of the teachers were eager to learn about that option. >> cory tell us why you took this class? >> to gain more knowledge as well as to find more options that educators have in the classroom to be able to protect the children that they're in charge of. >> do you currently own a gun? >> i do. >> and are you in favor of being able to carry this gun in class? do you think your colleagues should also carry guns in class? >> i'm grateful for the choice and the option and the right that i have to make that decision whether i want to carry in the classroom or not carry and i think also there are some people who desire to carry and some people who don't, and i believe that those that do desire to carry a concealed weapon in the classroom, that they are trained to do so. >> do you think that -- who should be a part of this conversation, because there's been a lot of discussion from the teachers unions and from parents who send their school, who should be making the decision on if teachers should be able to carry in clas
on the senate banking committee. >>> he hasn't been nominated as defense secretary yet, but former senator chuck hagel is getting some heat. hagel apologized for comments he made years ago that even heinse. let's bring in barbara starr at the pentagon for more on this potential chuck hagel nomination. we don't know if he'll be nominated yet. barbara, what are the attacks against hagel? >> classic washington trial balloon. the nomination isn't out, nomination hasn't been made, but the pins are sticking in that trial balloon. first, senator hagel apologized for comments he made back around 1997, 1998 when there was a man who was openly gay about to become an ambassador, hagel opposed all of that, made some comments about gay people. now he says all these years later he regrets it, it is not what he believes. and by all accounts members of those who represent pro gay rights movements in washington have accepted senator hagel's apology on that. item number two, a lot of questions about whether hagel is tough enough on iran. did he cast some votes in the senate that did not support sanctions against
defense attorney. the court called her, holly, irresistible attraction. >> well, let's just start with that, okay? >> how does this come into the decision? her attractiveness was irresistible? >> that's what this deny temperature claimed when he fired her. and he said the reason i fired her, my wife was getting jealous. and we didn't do anything. but i thought she was so attractive, i thought i might do something in the future if she continued to work with me. my wife thought the same thing so i fired her. your gut reaction as a human being, don. i saw that headline, and i was like, what, are you kidding? your gut reaction is that is ridiculous. read the decision of the iowa supreme court and basically what they're saying is, look, you weren't fired because you were a woman. you were fired because you're a good-looking woman. and that's a difference. that's not gender discrimination. that's like pretty discrimination. >> that's hating. >> right, right, exactly. >> all right. so let's look at her. everyone is like -- all right. so we've held the audience in expense long enough. whe
not taking that ability of lawful self-defense. you're restricted in few places to carry. a school is not one of them. this isn't anything new. we never had a problem. >> but the larger question then is more really about gun control. are more guns the answer or are fewer guns the answer? and the other thing that i want to point out is teachers, of course, are equipped to teach. they are trained to teach. not necessarily trained and equipped to fire guns. so my question is, should it really be the teacher's responsibility to learn how to shoot a gun when that's not the main goal of why they are there at the school. >> with all due respect, are teachers trained to jump in front of bullets and protect their kids too? when we talk about more guns, are more guns the answer? who do you think they call and why do they call the police when something like this happens because they know the police will show up with their guns. the only problem is the police show up a little too late. they have lots of guns and equipment and man power, but just a little too late. the first responders at sandy hook and i
his nomination for the next secretary of defense, but some lawmakers voice their skepticism today about senator chuck hagel for the position a republican senator says he doubts he will get the votes and says hagel's past position on irrarn is out of touch with the president's policies. >>> a concert promoter is suing rapper rapper nas for $10 million, claim avenues no-show for a new year's concert in africa heavily promoted. >>> tim tebow to jacksonville? an espn reporter says tebow is signing with the jaguars this offseason is a virtual certainty. the jets reportedly are likely to honor tebow's request to be released, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. >>> a man who didn't make it as a pop star has found the kind of success that no amount of fame can match. we will have his story. we're at walmart with the simmons family. how much is your current phone bill? four sixteen seventy six a month! okay, come with me -- we're gonna save you money. with straight talk at walmart, you get unlimited talk, text and data for only $45 a month per phone. would we get the same cover
, civil rights attorney and law professor in washington and richard herman, new york criminal defense attorney and law professor, joins us from las vegas. avery, is there any room for gun control here? >> yeah. a ton of it. miguel, that 2008 decision that you referred to, that case really provided the open door. even justice scalia, one of the most conservative members of the court and writing for the majority, talked about unusual and dangerous weapons being permitted to be regulated. so i think heller really offers congress an opportunity to get serious, show some backbone, take advantage of the existing constitutional law, what the tragedy means, what comes out of connecticut, and take action in dealing with arms regulation. i think the opportunity is there. i think they can get it done. >> richard, what would meaningful gun control legislation or laws look like that would get by the supreme court? >> that's a great question, miguel. we're going to find that out in the next year or so. justice scalia also talked about the enshrinement of our constitutional right to bear arms. in an
. somebody has a ranch has several acres of land, a long gun could be a very vital defensive firearm for them. >> someone could, but can't a handgun be the same thing or a shotgun do the same thing? something that doesn't fire off multiple rounds and kill masses of people at the same time? >> they all fire the same way. every time you pull a trigger it fires one round. a pistol the same way, a semiautomatic shotgun. >> even with the magazines that can go 10, 20, 30 rounds at a time? >> no, they cannot. a semiautomatic rifle like at ar-15 traditionally has a 30-round magazine. when you pull the trig around hold it down it's only going to fire one round. >> why do you need 30 rounds? what do you need 30 rounds for, unless you want to kill a multiple number of people? >> somebody that's using any weapon, assaulting people who are completely defenseless, it's horrible. but turn those tables around. here in atlanta last year when he a series of very violent home invasions in north fulton county that targeted specific groups. they came in three, four people all armed. the person on the other end, a
's -- let's talk law and justice holly hughes is here, a criminal defense attorney. holly, have you ever heard anything like this before, other than maybe a celebrity? >> right. it's very unusual when you don't have a high-profilchild. we see this with mccully cull kin. here's what happens. they have been going to her school, interfering with her classes, telling the dean of students she has mental problems. accusing her of things that have never entered this young woman's mind. they are making her life a living hell. and that's the definition of stalking, don. when you are contacting someone, whether it's via the internet or on the phone or in person, for the purpose of that harassing or intimidating them, that is stalking. and the judge heard all of the evidence. do you know the university where this young lady attends had to put special security guards to stop her parents from showing up and accusing her of all these nefarious things. >> so here's the thing. she is an adult. so what is the law in this instance? and why can't they work it out within a family? >> well, they tried. the
the fiscal cliff. i've got tens of thousands of federal employees and a great deal of defense spending would be at risk. so if we don't suspend the sequester and it looks like this very small deal may not even achieve that, then i'd have to be a "no" vote. so if i had to guess right now, i don't think we're going to be able to reach a deal no matter how small it might be. of course, at the very best, all we would do is stumble forward for a couple more months until we hit the debt ceiling and then face another crisis which is really a crisis of confidence in the government. i just can't imagine that the american people can tolerate this much longer, but they're stuck with this congress for the next two years. i mean, i have a lot of thoughts on this fiscal cliff but you wanted to talk about the gun measure, and -- >> i do indeed. >> life has to go on. >> we had that provocative phrasing that it appeared the nra may be out of step with its own membership. do you really believe that? >> yes, i do, martin. frank luntz, a republican pollster polled nra members and he found that there are at leas
to come out. why? and what steps is the department taking, the defense department, taking now over this? >> reporter: well, it took this couple actually weeks to get access to the videotapes that they then saw showing their young child being abused by the day care workers bad enough. the army said they had to wait because there was a criminal case pending. but, look, these parents wanted the -- all the parents wanted the full information about what had happened to their children. i have now spoken to at least half a dozen parents who had children at this day care facility. you hear the same thing from them, that the army initially just simply didn't react fast enough. didn't tell them the full information about what was going on. it took several weeks. now the army does have a full investigation under way and as you pointed out, it has all led to president obama picking up the phone, calling the pentagon and saying, what on earth is going on. >> barbara starr, thank you very much. >>> you can watch barbara's entire report tonight on erin burnett out front 7:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn.
american and huge spending cuts to defense and social programs are set to take effect the 1st of january unless the president and congress reach a new budget deal. but most lawmakers have deserted the capital to be home for christmas leaving america teetering on the brink. one of those enjoying christmas back if california is republican congressman tom mcclintock joining us from sacramento, california. you are a tea partier. you're part of the tea party caucus but you supported house speaker bane area plan b. yes? >>, of course, i did. again, there is no bill before the congress that proposes raising taxes on millionaires or anybody else for that matter. there is a law that goes into effect in ten days that raises taxes on millionaires, small businesses filing as millionaires and everybody else. boehner's bill tried to stop that for everybody else. offa lifeguard sees ten swimmers drowning off of his beach and can only reach nine of them to save them, it doesn't mean that he's drowned the tenth one. all in nonsense somehow boehner was trying to raise taxes is just that, nonsense. >> your
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